Represented a tenderer against a liquidator in a claim involving receipt of secret commissions from the sale of a property by tender amounting to 


Represented a Hong Kong private client against a foreign bank for negligent professional advice for losses in an investment portfolio amounting to 


Represented an Australian national against a Malaysian company in a dispute involving an agreement for the mining and exploration rights of oil and gas in Indonesia worth


What is Civil Litigation?

Civil Litigation refers to a non-criminal legal dispute between two or more parties where one party seeks redress against another party.


  • Contractual Disputes
  • Libel & Defamation
  • Negligence Claims
  • Construction Liability
  • Employment-related Disputes
  • Fraud & Asset Tracing
  • Product Liability
  • Landlord/ Tenant Disputes
  • Torts
  • Harassment
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • General Disputes That May Warrant Legal Action

Is Civil Litigation necessary?

Litigation proceedings can be expensive in Singapore. Wherever possible, we recommend using a method of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) before taking the matter to court. Several methods of ADR such as mediation, conciliation, and arbitration can save you the hassle and cost of the complex proceedings of the civil suit. If the case is settled outside of court, you will have more flexibility on deciding the outcome of the issue.

However, if ADR is not possible or is unsuccessful to resolve the dispute, a civil claim has to be brought through the court system. When that happens, you can expect the best from our experienced civil litigation lawyers to articulate effectively in explaining your case or to appeal on your behalf.


Kenny Teo

I have consulted Ramesh a few times with regard to my business disputes and I am glad he is able to explain all the various legal issues in a simple manner that I can understand. I have engaged other lawyers before and it can be frustrating if they keep telling you jargons that you have no idea about. If you need a professional lawyer to give you the best legal advice with clarity, I highly recommend you to look for Ramesh.

Jonatus Tan

Chanced upon RBN Chambers after searching in Google to look for a reliable and knowledgeable lawyer to advise me with regard to a working partnership that turns sour. Ramesh and his team were very patient to provide the different courses of action. Because of their professionalism and the assurance they gave me during the whole process, I have a peace of mind to continue with the business while leaving them to deal with the legal problems efficiently. Big Thumbs Up!

How can a Civil Litigation Lawyer help you?

A civil litigation lawyer will ensure that you are fully informed on the options available (including costs involved) and will advise you through every step of the dispute resolution and litigation process in Singapore.

Pre-Legal Proceedings

Typically, prior to the commencement of any legal proceedings in Singapore, a civil litigation lawyer will assist you (the Claimant) to evaluate the would-be defendant if he/she has sufficient assets to satisfy your claims.

As the Claimant, you may send a Letter of Demand to negotiate and resolve the dispute so as not to incur unnecessary legal expenses. A civil litigation lawyer will aid you to gather evidence to substantiate your case and liaise with other involved parties to negotiate to reach a win-win situation. In the event the one party refuses to compromise, a Writ of Summon can be served on the Defendant to commence legal proceedings.

Legal Proceedings

Upon the commencement of legal proceedings, a civil litigation lawyer can provide the proper legal advice and/ or represent either party in court to enforce a judgement or lodge an appeal. In Singapore, there are a few different Courts in which your matter may be heard in:

  • Small Claims Tribunal is for any claim valued at under $20,000. Note that lawyers are not allowed to represent any of the parties before the Tribunals. However, they could advise either the Claimant or the Defendant to establish the grounds for disputes prior to the hearing.
  • Magistrate's Court is for any claim valued between $20,000 and $60,000.
  • District Count is for any claim valued between $60,000 and $250,000.
  • High Court is for any claim valued above $250,000.

Post-Trial Proceedings

Even after you have succeeded in the case against the other party, the civil litigation lawyer can continue to advise and assist you in the enforcement proceedings especially when the other party refuses to settle the claims.

Our Litigation Lawyers

are ready to assist you

Ramesh Bharani Nagaratnam

Ramesh is the managing director of RBN Chambers. He is an experienced litigation & arbitration lawyer, as well as a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) in Singapore. He has more than 13 years’ experience in the law and accountancy disciplines. SEE PROFILE

Wong Teck Ming

Teck Ming is a senior litigation associate with the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team. He read law at the National University of Singapore and was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore in 2015. SEE PROFILE


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